Lynzie Kent in conversation about a House of Holland Styled shoot at Berkeley Fieldhouse.
You have directed two style shoots at the Berkeley Fieldhouse – Spring Coloured Couture and The House of Holland.
Starting with The House Of Holland style shoot at Berkeley Fieldhouse what was the main inspiration for this shoot?
Our inspiration behind House of Holland was bringing my love for travel into tangible wedding ideas. I have spent some time in Holland and Amsterdam and admire their use of colour, florals, and art in everyday living.
You used inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh right down to the inclusion of a painter’s palette. How did you weave this theme so smoothly through the scene?
When coming up with an event design, I try to look at everyday objects in a new light. Why can’t a painter’s palette also be a serving tray? Why not use a Dutch quilt as an aisle runner? With the abundance of art and colour in Dutch culture, I had so much to choose from and be inspired by.
The environment you created looks feasible and what I mean by this is one can imagine it being a real event where guests could enjoy themselves apart from it being a simply beautiful set. Is this a consideration?
Certainly. Every time I put together an inspiration shoot, I want readers to understand that the ideas can actually be used in a real wedding or event. All together, the individual pieces may seem elaborate or too themed, but individually, easel place cards, for example, are DIYable.
The florals are so abundant and striking almost like walking out into a field in full bloom. What was the driving idea behind the floral design?
The flowers were inspired by the tulip fields of Holland in spring. I wanted our table centerpiece to look like the tulips were actually a row growing right out of the harvest table. Our florist, Lisa from Derose Designs and Floral Boutique, achieved this magically by using over 800 tulips and moss. It’s my favourite centerpiece to date.
The cakes are so integrated into the whole look, like little micro representatives of the bigger picture. Were all the vendors in the project in close contact throughout the planning process?
Nadia from Nadia and Co. designed the cakes. I asked her to take inspiration from Van Gogh’s paintings and Dutch folk art. She hand painted the blue irises and the windmill scene. Her work always amazes me! I chose the vendors for the shoot because I believe wholeheartedly in their talent. I discussed my ideas and inspiration for their portion of the shoot and let them run with it from there.
What was your favourite element of the shoot?
The shoes filled with flowers on the colourful wooden doors as the ceremony backdrop. This idea was so eclectic and unusual. I just wanted to display these 30 pairs of wooden shoes in a unique way that I had never seen before. It might never be used in a real event, but that’s the idea of an inspiration shoot – to let our imaginations run wild.
Photography • Elizabeth in Love, Event Planner and Stylist • Love by Lynzie Weddings + Events, Location • Berkeley Field House, Stationery • Megan Wappel Designs, Floral Design • De Rose Designs and Floral Boutique, Gowns • Vintage Bride, Accessories • Live Beautiful (Jewellery and Belt) and Aldo (Clutch), Shoes • Kate Spade, Hair • Kathleen Sou, Makeup • Fancy Face Inc., Cakes • Nadia and Co., White Chiavari Chairs • Simply Beautiful Decor, Harvest Table • Marvelle Events, Calligraphy on Place Cards • Barbara Kua Calligraphy, Wooden Clog Installation, Bicycle, Easels and Place Cards, Gingham Napkins, and Painter’s Palette • Love by Lynzie Weddings + Events, Candles and Candle Stands • Ikea, Vintage China Plates and Chargers • Vintage Vignettes
I love how the Spring Coloured Couture shoot utilizes all the attributes of the space of the Berkeley Fieldhouse from the chandelier to the vintage doors to the outdoor space. This ability to utilize the attributes of a space is an important quality, how did you cultivate it?
Brides and Grooms will have their wedding pictures forever so when I am scouting venues I am constantly looking for walls, doors, and architectural elements that would make for great photos. Berkeley Fieldhouse is full of things like this. Recognizing character in a space and incorporating it is an important part of any design. You should go with the grain, no against it.
Having worked in the Berkeley Fieldhouse before on a style shoot how did your knowledge of the space help you with the shoot ie. the natural light in the space?
My favourite style of wedding photography uses crisp, natural light. The windows in the space offer so much natural light and the white wall gave us a blank canvas for all the colours to really pop. The Berkeley Fieldhouse is a no brainer when you want you work to really stand out, which is why I keep coming back.
Creative Producer • Ginger’s Closet, Styling and Coordination • Love by Lynzie, Photographed by • Elizabeth In Love, Gowns • Emmeline by Vera Wang, Primrose by Christos, Sierra by Amsale, RK230 by Romona Keveza, Bee by Melissa Sweet, Estelle by Kenneth Pool, Dahlia by Amsale, Lorena by Christos, Flowers • Lisa De Rose of De Rose Designs and Floral Boutique, Hair and Makeup • Arabella Trasca (Makeup), Dawna Boot (Make up), Mira Botrous (Hair), Ladylyn Gool (Hair) from Jackie Gideon Bridal, Lashes • Ardell, Venue • The Berkeley Church Field House, Stationery • Hip Ink Couture Invitations, Models • Rachelle Ganesh, Rachel Allison, Jacklyn Warmington, Accessory Styling • The Fash House, Dinnerware • Versace, Maxwell Williams (Chargers), Flatware • Oneida, Shellac Nails • French Nails and Co., Accessories • Haute Bride, Desla Couture, Sara Gabriel, Stella and Dot, Angela Mikhail (Headpieces) and The Fash House
Photography: Elizabeth Kaye, Elizabeth in Love